Ballet Des Moines announces The GRAVITY GALA: a fundraiser shining a spotlight on the creative community in Des Moines

A four-course dinner, full cocktail bar, live music and a sneak peek at the upcoming world premiere ballet Of Gravity and Light

Des Moines, Iowa (February 21, 2022) - Ballet Des Moines will host the GRAVITY Gala on Friday, March 4, at the Des Moines Heritage Center. This mesmerizing and immersive evening will include the dancers of Ballet Des Moines showcasing an excerpt of the upcoming world premiere of composer Beau Kenyon’s Of Gravity and Light, a one night only production April 22 at the Des Moines Civic Center.

Tickets for the evening include a four course meal from Chef Aaron Holt, the 2018 Iowa Restaurant Association Chef of the Year, a hosted bar including space-themed cocktails, live music and dancing, and a silent auction.

“All proceeds from the event are designated to continue the mission of the Ballet,” said Tom Mattingly, Ballet Des Moines Artistic Director.” Not only do we intend to bring the highest quality performances to the stage, but to ensure that every person in Iowa has the opportunity, and is encouraged, to participate in the arts through movement and music. This evening will be a celebration of both the work we’ve accomplished and the work we intend to create.”

In addition to an already extraordinary evening, VIP ticket holders will receive access to an exclusive portraiture studio set-up at the gala from Iowa-based photographer Joe Crimmings. See images from the company shoot here.

“We’ve planned an evening that we hope will energize not only our longtime supporters and patrons, but excite and inspire those from our community previously unaware of all that Ballet Des Moines has to offer,” said Blaire Massa, Ballet Des Moines CEO. “Each year we’re pushing the boundaries of being just a ballet company and instead, an immersive experience of arts and culture you don’t want to miss.”

Ballet Des Moines presents the GRAVITY GALA
When: Friday, March 4, 6:00p.m. VIP Cocktail Hour \ 6:45p.m. General admission
Where: Des Moines Heritage Center, 120 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA 50309 
Gravity Gala Committee co-chairs for the event are Joey Patino, Salon Spa W General Manager and Natasha Sayles, Winefest Des Moines Executive Director. Committee members include: Kelly Caldbeck, Sarah Dornink, Liz Gilman, Samantha Heibel, Aaron Kaczmarek, Dylan Lampe, Cristy Magill, Kelly Sparks, Kyrie Wong and Lisa-Marie Wright.

Ballet Des Moines was launched as a professional ballet company in 2012, bringing world-class performing  artists to the Des Moines community for classical and contemporary main stage productions. Ballet Des  Moines offers training opportunities for pre-professional dancers and engages thousands of local youth each  year through rich educational and outreach programs. The mission of Ballet Des Moines is to enrich lives  through inspiring dance performances, inclusive education and outreach programs, and innovative  community partnerships. 

Named the Iowa Restaurant Association Chef of the Year in 2018, Chef Aaron Holt specializes in farm-to-table culinary experiences. Not only are his products sourced as locally as possible, the locations he determines for his dinners are as creatively curated. From chef-driven dinners at private homes to hosting immersive evenings with guests gathered around a farmhouse table, Chef Holt has made a name for himself in the world of mesmerizing dining experiences. 

From composer Beau Kenyon, Of Gravity and Light is a contemporary ballet exploring the beauty and wonder of space through ethereal imagery, abstract sound, and remarkable movement. Set in eight movements, Of Gravity and Light includes a full length score performed live by nine musicians and a choir of over 40 singers, featuring choreography by Ballet Des Moines Artistic Director, Tom Mattingly, video installation by artist Yu-Wen Wu, costumes by Sarah Dornink and live musicians under the direction of conductor Tim McMillin. This beautiful, interdisciplinary work exemplifies how the universal language of music and movement can make abstract concepts more human and accessible to audiences of all ages. Of Gravity and Light can be seen one night only at the Des Moines Civic Center on Friday, April 22, 2022.